Chair Program in Gender, Health and Caregiver Friendly Workplaces

Chair Program in Gender, Health and Caregiver Friendly Workplaces Official page for the Chair Program in Gender, Health and Caregiver Friendly Workplaces at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario. There are more than 5.6 million employees in Canada with adult/elder care responsibilities.

With an ageing population and a changing workforce, the number of people providing unpaid care and paid work at the same time is expected to rise. Using a sex/gender lens, the purpose of this project is to examine the relationship between unpaid (informal/family) care giving and paid work. A lack of workplace support can have negative effects on both the caregiver-employee and the workplace, including: missed days, early retirements, reduced productivity, and high employee turnover. Recognizing that all workplaces will be affected by the future demands of care giving, there is a need for change within the workplace to accommodate caregiver employees.

Mission: Our goal of this page is to provide a resource of information and support for caregivers and the general public. We hope to bring light to the challenges of care giving in the hope of establishing more support from employers, workplaces, government and policy makers.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted how important personal support workers are to the healthcare system and the many c...
09/22/2020
Personal support workers are vital to Canada's healthcare system, but many experience prejudice on the job | Afternoon Drive with Chris dela Torre | Live Radio | CBC Listen

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted how important personal support workers are to the healthcare system and the many challenges they face on the job. Listen below to Dr. Bharati Sethi's radio interview to learn more. #COVID19 #psw #FrontLineHeroes
https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-80-afternoon-drive/clip/15798114-personal-support-workers-vital-canadas-healthcare-system-many

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted how important personal support workers are to the healthcare system and the many challenges they face on the job. But, one researcher says it's even more difficult for racialized PSWs in the province as many have experienced prejudice from the people they are pr...

COVID-19 gives employers a unique chance to protect the physical, emotional and financial well-being of employees who ar...
09/17/2020
COVID-19's silver lining? Creating a caregiver-friendly work culture

COVID-19 gives employers a unique chance to protect the physical, emotional and financial well-being of employees who are informal caregivers at home, by creating a carer-friendly work culture, writes Allison Williams. |
@GHWChair
@ConversationCA
https://theconversation.com/covid-19s-silver-lining-creating-a-caregiver-friendly-work-culture-145096

Changes to working life created by COVID-19 give employers an opportunity to embrace a caregiver-friendly work culture, supporting the millions of Canadians who juggle employment and informal caring.

"There is an urgency for policy-makers to prioritize PSWs’ working conditions and wages if they hope to sustain a robust...
09/16/2020
Personal support workers are the backbone of health care but the bottom of the power structure

"There is an urgency for policy-makers to prioritize PSWs’ working conditions and wages if they hope to sustain a robust health-care system. Sadly, it has taken COVID-19 to highlight the significant contribution to our collective well-being made by PSWs and other health-care workers."
Congrats to Dr. Bharati Sethi on the publication of this interesting look into an important profession.
https://theconversation.com/personal-support-workers-are-the-backbone-of-health-care-but-the-bottom-of-the-power-structure-144648

Personal support workers are crucial but under-appreciated in the health-care system. They are often subjected to racism, and they struggle to make ends meet while caring for our most vulnerable.

What role do carer-employees play in restarting our economy after COVID-19? Melinda Gates looks at this more in-depth in...
05/12/2020
Opinion | Melinda Gates: How rethinking caregiving could play a crucial role in restarting the economy

What role do carer-employees play in restarting our economy after COVID-19? Melinda Gates looks at this more in-depth in the following article:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/05/07/melinda-gates-how-rethinking-caregiving-could-play-crucial-role-restarting-economy/

#workercarer #PGProject #careremployee

To ensure a fast and inclusive recovery, governments, business leaders and investors need to make caregiving a priority.

Check out Dr. Diane-Gabrielle Tremblay's piece on the Conversation Canada about caregivers here!http://theconversation.c...
05/12/2020
À l'aide! Les proches aidants sont épuisés et nous en payons tous le prix

Check out Dr. Diane-Gabrielle Tremblay's piece on the Conversation Canada about caregivers here!

http://theconversation.com/a-laide-les-proches-aidants-sont-epuises-et-nous-en-payons-tous-le-prix-121420

#careremployee #PGProject #workercarer

Les femmes proches aidantes s'appauvrissent, réduisent souvent leur temps de travail ou quittent leur emploi. Or, il n’y aurait pas un manque de services, mais plutôt une sous-utilisation.

More and more organizations involved in health-care research and training have moved to a definition of 'patient' that n...
11/07/2019
OPINION | Invisible patients: Caregivers need support too in Canada's health-care system | CBC News

More and more organizations involved in health-care research and training have moved to a definition of 'patient' that now includes significant others involved in their loved one's care.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/opinion-caregivers-health-system-stress-1.5343669

A "staggering" number of Canadians provide care for a family member or friend living with a long-term health condition or disability — and too often, they're overlooked in our health-care system, say researchers Fiona MacDonald, Karine Levasseur and Tannis Driedger.

It’s been estimated that in Canada, more than 1.25 million Canadians between the ages of 15 and 24 provide some form of ...
11/07/2019
Play delves into young caregivers' difficult lives

It’s been estimated that in Canada, more than 1.25 million Canadians between the ages of 15 and 24 provide some form of unpaid caregiving for their families. A play being performed in Winnipeg highlights the challenges for young caregivers.

https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/arts-and-life/entertainment/arts/play-delves-into-young-caregivers-difficult-lives-564556532.html

The play Tiny Treasures, which opens Friday, Nov. 8, at the Manitoba Theatre for Young People (MTYP), asks a pointed question: What happens in some households when it’s the kids caring for the grown-ups? The drama by U.K. playwright Kevin Dyer focuses on one such character, 13-year-old James, who ...

1 in 4 Canadians aged 15-19 looks after loved one while juggling school, workhttps://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/you...
10/28/2019
Young caregivers put future careers at risk, study shows | CBC News

1 in 4 Canadians aged 15-19 looks after loved one while juggling school, work

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/young-caregivers-impact-education-career-support-research-1.5302766

One in four Canadians aged 15 to 19 helps someone with challenges resulting from illness, disability or aging, according to research from the University of Alberta. Most of those young caregivers are in school, and 60 per cent of them also work.

For workplaces who want to know more about ways in which they can support their employees who provide unpaid care to old...
10/25/2019

For workplaces who want to know more about ways in which they can support their employees who provide unpaid care to older family members or friends the Carer Inclusive and Accommodating Organizations Standard (B701-17) and its accompanying implementation guide can be downloaded using the links below. The Standard can assist with creating policies and procedures for your workers who need to provide unpaid care.

Link to the Standard: https://www.csagroup.org/article/b701-17/?utm_source=carers-canada&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=b701-17_free_download&fbclid=IwAR3ijeBB0MG7ckZEjiGFTuPy0okewDkzNe82cTGPZlmy5huIYK_EsQpD94Q&utm_referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2F

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/whitecoat/the-crisis-is-already-here-advocates-say-unpaid-caregiving-should-be-an-election-prio...
10/02/2019
'The crisis is already here': Advocates say unpaid caregiving should be an election priority | CBC Radio

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/whitecoat/the-crisis-is-already-here-advocates-say-unpaid-caregiving-should-be-an-election-priority-1.5300165

Over 8 million Canadians have stepped into the breach to care for aging family members and loved ones who are chronically-ill or disabled. They are unpaid and overworked. This election, they want their work to be recognized, and to get meaningful support from the government.

https://www.folio.ca/commentary--using-technology-to-support-caregivers-of-older-people-with-dementia/
09/18/2019
COMMENTARY || Using technology to support caregivers of older people with dementia

https://www.folio.ca/commentary--using-technology-to-support-caregivers-of-older-people-with-dementia/

In June, the government of Canada released its long-awaited Dementia Strategy for Canada: Together We Aspire. As a family caregiving researcher for more than two decades and a former family caregiver to my Dad, who had dementia, the strategy was welcome news. But my own research and personal experie...

09/16/2019
CARP Calls on Federal Parties to Support Caregivers with Refundable Tax Credit Launches #credit4caregivers Campaign and Video

https://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2019/09/16/1915801/0/en/CARP-Calls-on-Federal-Parties-to-Support-Caregivers-with-Refundable-Tax-Credit-Launches-credit4caregivers-Campaign-and-Video.html

TORONTO, Sept. 16, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- CARP is asking Canadians to make caregiving an election issue in October. Today, it launched a national campaign #credit4caregivers, with a heart-wrenching video, to highlight the burden of Canada’s millions of unpaid caregivers. Watch the video here.

Interesting article on digital technology and caregiving https://www.youareunltd.com/2019/08/20/how-technology-is-helpin...
09/10/2019
How Technology Is Helping To Reduce Isolation – One of Caregiving's Toughest Challenges - YOUAREUNLTD

Interesting article on digital technology and caregiving

https://www.youareunltd.com/2019/08/20/how-technology-is-helping-to-reduce-isolation-one-of-caregiving-toughest-challenges/

Donna Thomson is thankful for the role that digital technology played while she was taking care of her mother who died at age 96 last summer. “It gave me peace of mind,” the Ottawa resident recalls. “It provided us with the information we needed to find the right assisted living facility for h...

Women make up more than 60 percent of Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers; one-third are daughters. Women are more likel...
09/04/2019
How the caregiving crisis is taking a greater toll on women - Bizwomen

Women make up more than 60 percent of Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers; one-third are daughters. Women are more likely than men to take on caregiving tasks, and to leave their jobs to fulfill caregiver roles, per the Alzheimer’s Association.

https://www.bizjournals.com/bizwomen/news/latest-news/2019/09/how-the-caregiving-crisis-is-taking-a-greater-toll.html?page=all

Women are bearing the brunt of caregiving duties, to the point that it’s keeping some from the workforce. #ALZ #aging

A good reminder that caring for paid caregivers often benefits unpaid family caregivers.https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/c...
08/09/2019
We must take better care of our caregivers — paid or unpaid

A good reminder that caring for paid caregivers often benefits unpaid family caregivers.

https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/canada/we-must-take-better-care-of-our-caregivers-—-paid-or-unpaid/ar-AAEWV74

Our personal support workers need better support, Opinion, July 21 Shyloe Fagan is absolutely right in demanding that we take better care of personal support workers, not only because we will all one day rely on them, but also because the work they do is of inestimable value to our society. She remi...

For workplaces who want to know more about ways in which they can support their employees who provide unpaid care to old...
08/08/2019

For workplaces who want to know more about ways in which they can support their employees who provide unpaid care to older family members or friends the Carer Inclusive and Accommodating Organizations Standard (B701-17) and its accompanying implementation guide can be downloaded using the links below. The Standard can assist with creating policies and procedures for your workers who need to provide unpaid care.

Link to the Standard:

https://www.csagroup.org/article/b701-17/?utm_source=carers-canada&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=b701-17_free_download

Link to the Implementation Guide:

https://www.csagroup.org/article/b701hb-18/?utm_source=carers-canada&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=b701hb-18_free_download

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